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WhatÔÇÖs with making resolutions 24hrs after New YearÔÇÖs?

Mon, 20 January 2014 04:16
by Linekela Halwoodi
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Isn’t it always interesting to note that as soon as a new year dawns, and I am talking in a matter of hours here, people suddenly realise there are areas in their lives they would like to change.
Let’s face it; new year’s resolutions end up doomed when one has no idea what it is they would like to change; whether it is finding a better job, losing weight, or quitting smoking.
I don’t mean to rain and piss on anyone’s parade here (err... actually, I do) but if the old year was 24 hours ago, what could you possibly do a day later that would make a difference?
If it were not for the calendar, the week would just continue and no one would feel the pressures of a new year. That is where people start attempting to make their resolutions work.
If you really wanted to lose weight, you would not wait for 1 January 2014 to start working out; you would have started on 29 October 2013.
The reason most resolutions don’t work out is because people tend to be unrealistic about them. Like when I tried to lose 20kg last year. I must have been possessed, as are most people.
Sometimes people have so many resolutions that at the end of the day, they are not able to achieve a single one and before they know it, the year is over.
You cannot be that unhappy with yourself. Your personality and body can only take so much mental plastic surgery.
Have you ever heard someone talk about their resolutions and you suddenly wanted to do what they were doing? Well, that is your problem right there; you are busy copying and pasting resolutions.
We also tend not to work hard enough and quit way before we achieve 30% of what we had hoped to achieve, which leads to another year of failed resolutions.
A quick tip is to take it one step at a time to work on one’s own resolutions, without any pressure. Do not treat your resolutions like military school challenges, because it is not as if you are preparing to enter the Olympics, you just want to improve your daily lifestyle. So be realistic and start with achievable resolutions.
Good luck!